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Five Penn College Students Earn Gold Medals at SkillsUSA Nationals
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Penn College's five medal-winners are joined by their faculty mentors and two teammates who also competed at SkillsUSA nationals.

Penn College’s five medal-winners are joined by their faculty mentors and two teammates who also competed at SkillsUSA nationals.

Five students from Pennsylvania College of Technology earned first-place medals during the 51st annual National SkillsUSA Conference, held June 22-26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bringing home the gold – and bringing to 40 the number of top Penn College winners in national competition over the years – were Matthew R. Harman Jr., of Sellersville, Randall J. Haynes, of Julian, and Ian M. Dorman, of Mill Hall, who competed as a team in the Automated Manufacturing Technology category; Kyle T. Potts, of Colver, Technical Drafting; and Bradley L. Hayden, of Milton, Vermont, Welding. Watch PCToday for more on the students’ success.
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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Campers Channel Creativity to Produce Unique Artwork

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

Campers show off some of the artwork they created for the storybooks they produced in print and digital formats.

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

One of the magical fantasy houses created with clay and natural materials, complete with a swing at right! (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz, manager of The Gallery at Penn College)

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A happy camper rolls out clay in the college ceramics room.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

A campus computer room teems with excitement and ingenuity.

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

Campers pose on their final day and show off the masks they created in Photoshop. One of their mentors, Ainsley R. Bennett, a junior in graphic design, can be seen in the second row. (Photo by Penny Griffin Lutz)

A four-day Creativity Art Camp, newly added to Penn College’s summer activity schedule, drew 20 participants to main campus this past week. Students entering fourth through sixth grades worked with a variety of artists and media, producing pieces that beautifully blended talent and imagination.

 

College Co-Hosts Recruitment Event for Potential CDL Students

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Pamela Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, takes the wheel of the simulator.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

Friendly greeters (from left) are Jim Patterson, CTS director; Carla Rhone, program support specialist, Shale TEC; and Hadly Ransom, intensive workforce specialist, PA CareerLink Lycoming County.

CTS' simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

CTS’ simulator, inside a trailer parked outside, awaits Open House attendees.

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

Kevin Cromley and Kathy Pentz, local CTS instructors for Penn College CDL classes

A CDL Open House, held Thursday to attract students into Penn College’s Commercial Driver’s License program, was co-hosted at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center by Workforce Development & Continuing Education and the Center for Transportation Safety. CTS brought a simulated rig to the event so that potential students could experience driving a tractor-trailer; a skid steer was also on hand to let participants practice vehicle control. WDCE, which contracts with CTS to provide CDL Class A training at the college’s Energy Technology Education Center site along Route 15 near Allenwood, hopes to add Class B and CDL Refresher Safe Driving courses to its portfolio.
Photos by Pamela Mix and Hadly Ransom

Executive Director Leaving Post at Community Arts Center

Rob Steele

The Community Arts Center’s Board of Directors announced the resignation of Rob Steele, the center’s executive director. He leaves Aug. 1 to accept a new position in Florida, at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

The board acknowledged the substantial contributions Steele has made to the Community Arts Center and to the local community. During his tenure, the center has undergone physical improvements, as well as becoming a central feature of the Williamsport community’s commitment to the arts.

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Restoration Major ‘The Big Story’ From The Associated Press

Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, particularly students’ ardent work in returning a vintage Scripps-Booth Model D to roadworthy condition, is featured in an article and video by The Associated Press’ Michael Rubinkam. “Passion is what the hobby desperately needs from young people right now,” he writes. “When Penn College revved up its vintage vehicle restoration major in 2012, it became one of just a handful of degree programs around the country teaching young people how to help refurbish and maintain North America’s fleet of more than 10 million classic cars.”

Orientation Helps Hundreds Form Penn College Attachment

Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall's Capitol Eatery.

Employees and students staff check-in tables in Dauphin Hall’s Capitol Eatery.

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections' invaluable student Links.

Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, is among Connections’ invaluable student Links.

Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.

Encouraging incoming students and their families to “share their memories,” Paul R. Watson II, dean of academic services and first year programs, takes a selfie in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium with a Penn College pennant and an Albert Einstein bobblehead.

Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …

Connections Links, students ready to assist incoming freshmen, introduce themselves …

… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.

… and musically welcome families to the summer’s first orientation session.

More than 360 new students and their guests are attending Penn College’s first Connections orientation program for the Fall 2015 semester, which began Wednesday morning on main campus. The first of six two-day summer sessions, in which employees and student assistants (called Links) break the ice, shatter misconceptions and bust a few dance moves in apprising first-year enrollees to the full Penn College experience. Two one-day sessions will also be offered for adult learners and transfer students.

Penn College Students Earn Industry Certifications

Pennsylvania College of Technology students representing seven different majors recently proved their mastery of computer aided drafting and design software programs by passing certification exams.

Fifty-two students successfully completed the Certified SolidWorks Associate exam and one student earned Autodesk Inventor Professional certification. SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor are industry-standard 3-D parametric software programs used primarily within the engineering drafting and design profession.

“Two years ago, we completely revised our curriculum to closely align with current industry standards and technology,” said J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology. “Our enrollment in the engineering design program has substantially increased since these changes were made. This year, we more than doubled the number of students who successfully completed the exams. I am very pleased with the increase in certified users. The certification is an external validation that our curriculum is meeting industry standards.”

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ESC Weather Forecast: Shady, With Abundant Natural Warmth

This just in, from the nearby world of wildlife wonder.

This just in, from the nearby world of wildlife wonder.

Even with Father’s Day still fresh in our minds, PCToday couldn’t resist sharing this photo of a doe and her fawn at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center. The mother-and-child nuzzle, which took place in the grassy area within the campus’ circular driveway, was beautifully captured Monday afternoon through the library window by Pamela A. Mix, secretary to the ESC executive director and assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies.

Penn College Professors Present at National Conference

Faculty presenters

Two Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty members shared their expertise with an international audience by presenting at the recent COMMON Annual Meeting and Exposition in Anaheim, California.

Both Lisa R. Bock and Anita R. Wood, assistant professors of computer information technology, made two presentations during the four-day conference, which is COMMON’s premier educational event of the year. COMMON is the world’s largest professional association of IBM technology users and is dedicated to uniting the Power Systems community.

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Alumni Raise Toast, ‘Jolly Roger’ During Baseball Trip to Pittsburgh

Jonathan R. Hurr, a 2008 mass media communication graduate, and friend

Jonathan R. Hurr, a 2008 mass media communication graduate, and friend

Entering Pirate territory in the colors of that "other" Pennsylvania team are the Bitting family from Lewistown. From right are Dad Jeffrey L. Bitting, a 1985 construction carpentry alumnus; daughter Lauren D., a nursing major; Mom Cathy; and Scott A., who earned a degree in computer aided drafting technology in 2014. At left is Scott's girlfriend, Shelby D. Lyter, of Allensville, a nursing major.

Entering Pirate territory in the colors of that “other” Pennsylvania team are the Bitting family from Lewistown. From right are Dad Jeffrey L. Bitting, a 1985 construction carpentry alumnus; daughter Lauren D., a nursing major; Mom Cathy; and Scott A., who earned a degree in computer aided drafting technology in 2014. At left is Scott’s girlfriend, Shelby D. Lyter, of Allensville, a nursing major.

The Pittsburgh skyline provides a scenic backdrop for the home team's 4-3 victory.

The Pittsburgh skyline provides a scenic backdrop for the home team’s 4-3 victory.

More than 40 alumni and friends met at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon in Pittsburgh on June 13 to network before that afternoon’s game between the hometown Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies in PNC Park. The group was treated to an on-field Big & Rich concert after the game, too!
Photos by Becky J. Shaner, alumni relations specialist

Junior Chefs Conquer Kitchen as ‘Future Restaurateurs Camp’ Debuts

Campers prepare daikon radishes for a salad garnish.

Campers prepare daikon radishes for a salad garnish.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, helps a student learn knife skills as she minces parsley.

Chef Frank M. Suchwala, assistant professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, helps a student learn knife skills as she minces parsley.

The students’ final buffet (just a portion is shown here) shows off their hard work.

The students’ final buffet (just a portion is shown here) shows off their hard work.

– A student dices carrots using safe cutting procedures.

– A student dices carrots using safe cutting procedures.

Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows a student how to shave a tomato to create a rose-shaped garnish.

Chef Craig A. Cian, associate professor of hospitality management/culinary arts, shows a student how to shave a tomato to create a rose-shaped garnish.

A new addition to Penn College’s hands-on summer lineup, this week’s Future Restaurateurs Career Camp gave high school students a two-day taste of the restaurant life. Students entering grades nine to 12 learned such important kitchen basics as knife skills and safety, as well as menu planning and dining room etiquette, as they spent their time planning and preparing a buffet lunch that culminated the camp. Among their finished products were fruit and vegetable carvings, salad and dressing, ice cream, sorbet and a variety of sauces to top them, crème brulee, guacamole, and more.

Board Approves Budget/Tuition, ‘Emeritus’ Status for Faculty Member

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved the college’s budget and tuition rates for 2015-16, the Dining Services and Residence Life fees for the next academic year, “professor emeritus” status for a recently retired faculty member, and the Community Arts Center Board of Directors’ roster.

The board also authorized President Davie Jane Gilmour and Vice President for Finance/CFO Suzanne T. Stopper to pursue a sales agreement for the purchase of property on Fifth Avenue in Williamsport.

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Retired Penn College Faculty Member Granted ‘Emeritus’ Status

Paul "Babe" Mayer

Paul “Babe” Mayer, who taught in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fitness and Lifetime Sports (now Exercise Science) Department for 25 years before his retirement in December, has been approved by the Penn College Board of Directors for “professor emeritus” status.

To be eligible for the emeritus designation, nominees must be honorably retired in good standing and have served the college for a minimum of 10 years, demonstrating a record of distinguished service to students, their department, their academic school and/or the college. Nominations are reviewed and approved by the Promotion and Sabbatical Review Committee and are recommended for board consideration by the president.

Mayer was instrumental in the development and delivery of a number of new courses within his department. He brought notoriety to the college for his training and conditioning work with athletes across the region and for his work in radio and television sports broadcasting. Prior to teaching at Penn College, Mayer taught at Williamsport Area High School, where he was instrumental in developing a personal fitness curriculum.

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Board Approves Lowest Tuition Increase Since PSU Affiliation

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Board of Directors approved a $109 million operating budget for 2015-16 that features the smallest tuition increase – 2.78 percent – since the institution became a special mission affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University in 1989.

The $109,023,100 operating budget reflects an increase of less than 1 percent (0.95 percent) over 2014-15. It includes no increase in the college’s state appropriation of $17,584,000. State appropriations account for 16.1 percent of the college’s 2015-16 operating budget and 11.4 percent of its total budget.

The college’s total budget for 2015-16 will rise by 1.2 percent to $154,055,500. The college’s revenue-generating auxiliary fund budgets will total $29 million. The restricted current fund budget – which includes grants, contracts and restricted donations for which outside entities (such as governmental agencies) direct the use of the money – is $16.1 million.

“As always, our No. 1 priority in budgeting is keeping tuition increases as low as possible for Penn College students and their families,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “The team working on this budget was committed to creating a responsible plan that meets that principal goal and ensures that we have the funds required for special initiatives and continued delivery of the highest-quality academic programs.”

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